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Jan. 19, 26: Local students perform song, dance and jazz at two special events

Posted: December 29, 2017

by Patty Reiman


Hudson High School’s show choir and jazz programs will hold two special community  fundraising events this month. Jan. 19 is the first Vocal Impact Invitational, hosted by choir director Jacob Moore and his HHS Vocal Impact choir students. Jan. 26 is the annual Evening of Jazz benefit, hosted by jazz directors John Burrington, Roberto Iriarte and Bev O’Connor and their students from the high school and middle school afterschool jazz bands.


Vocal Impact is the name of Hudson High School’s show choir, which combines singing and dancing. Students audition to become a part of Vocal Impact, and Moore has renamed the group (formerly called “show choir”) to emphasize the vocal talent of the group. He is also the driving force behind the January high school show choir invitational.


“The goal is to show off the talent in this area of the state and to inspire others to join music in some sort of fashion,” he said.


Moore said Hudson’s middle school show choir members would join the high school performers at the invitational. Local high school show choirs that have registered, as of press time, are Brecksville/Broadview Heights, Aurora and Nordonia.


“This night is going to be a fun one that will serve as a fundamental fundraiser for the HHS choral program,” he said.


Vocal Impact Invitational is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., in the Hudson High School auditorium. Tickets will be sold only at the door for $5.


Evening of Jazz


Evening of Jazz returns for its fifth year, featuring middle school and high school jazz musicians, and takes place at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson. Guests will be treated to an extensive dessert buffet with hot and cold beverages. Local merchants have donated numerous prizes that can be won in raffles and silent auction bidding. Each year, the prize packages are more impressive than the past year.


“Prizes this year include sports tickets, food and wine, handcrafted home décor items, sports memorabilia and gift certificates to a wide variety of local restaurants and services, such as music lessons and spa treatments,” said Erika Federmann, co-vice president of jazz bands for the Hudson High School Music Association.


Because the extracurricular jazz programs are self-funded, the Evening of Jazz benefit provides much-needed money for the jazz band’s activities and equipment. The night’s proceeds will assist with purchases of music, repair of instruments and equipment owned by the school, field trips and guest artist visits.


Tickets for Evening of Jazz are sold presale only and available only online at Tickets are not sold at the door. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

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